St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School

Why Us?

You may have made your mind up about becoming a teacher, but with so many providers and courses on offer how do you choose the right option for you? So, why us?

We are a leading Catholic Teaching School Alliance in the Diocese of Brighton and Arundel

Firstly, we are very proud to be a Catholic teaching school alliance. We are highly committed to our faith – and this is reflected in our approach. Training with our alliance enables you to teach in all schools – faith and non-faith and we welcome applications from all backgrounds and religions.

Special Education Training

Interested in Special Education? There is no specific qualification beyond qualified teacher status (QTS) required to teach in SEN schools or settings, however we offer enhanced SEN training for students during their training year. Join our programme and we can help you build a career in teaching children with special educational needs.

Choose to train with St Polycarp’s CTSA and we will provide…

ENCOURAGEMENT We guarantee you will be given continuous support and guidance during each stage of your school-based training. Expert teachers and university lecturers will be with you every step of the way, mentoring and steering you towards a positive final result.

EXPERIENCE You get to be part of a teaching team from day one. We will ensure that you gain invaluable ‘on the job’ training in at least two of our alliance schools so you get the most varied experience to help you succeed in your teaching career.

EDUCATION Get a fantastic grounding that will see you train in specific teaching methods in line with the national curriculum. Alongside training in general primary schools, we also offer the opportunity to spend some of the training in Special Education so you get to experience the full spectrum of primary education.

And a unique ETHOS. Every school in the alliance is committed to a strong ethos which is to place the child at the centre of all that we do. Throughout each day of your training you will see first-hand the importance of developing children in a very nurturing and caring environment.

What our students have to say

Training to be a teacher was the best decision I have ever made! I have thoroughly enjoyed my course and owe an awful amount of thanks to the lovely people that made this training happen. I received unbelievable amounts of support and was never alone. I am so glad I decided to go down the School Direct route as this meant I spent more time in school; I definitely learnt more on the job! For anyone considering this as a career path I would highly recommend going for it. I have no regrets and am very excited to begin my NQT year!


St Polycarp’s CTSA has gone above and beyond to provide personalised support to each trainee; you never feel alone and are encouraged to always go to your mentors for help and support. No matter what it is that you need, they’ll be there to guide you through it! The St Polycarp’s CTSA programme has played a massive part in developing my confidence and equipping me with the knowledge and skills I need to carry out my role as a fully qualified teacher. If I were to carry out my training all over again, I would 100% choose St Polycarp’s Catholic Teaching School Alliance.


This course is a personalised one, enabling you to really work on those aspects of your practice that need developing. The support is exemplary and the flexibility in coverage, tailored to requirements makes it ideal. I am so happy I chose to do my training through SPCTSA - I feel ready for my own class and my NQT year.


The amount of support and guidance that I have received over the course of my training with the SPCTSA and the University of Reading has been second to none. I have grown as a person both professionally and personally and everybody I have encountered over the course of this year have been a part of this. I couldn't recommend the SPCTSA highly enough to anyone with ambitions of becoming a teacher.